PREK & ELEMENTARY
WEEK OF SUNDAY, JUNE 28
OBADIAH THE PROPHET
Bible Passage: Obadiah
Story Point: God promised to restore Israel and rule the earth as King.
Key Passage: “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11
What is God Like: God is Faithful.
CHRIST CONNECTION: God’s people were treated unfairly by their brother Edom. In a similar way, Jesus was mistreated by His own people. Like Edom, we too are guilty of worshiping idols—trusting in and worshiping things or people that are not God. Edom trusted in their own strength and for the mountains to protect them. This is sin and God will punish sin. But we can take hope - Jesus died on the cross to take the punishment we deserve for our sin. We can trust Jesus to make wrong things right.
1. CHECK OUT THE BIBLE STORY
OPTION 2: WATCH IT
2. SHARE YOUR STORY
Consider questions that pursue the heart of your child during natural points of connection. Here are a couple for during a walk or at the dinner table this week:
- What does the word restore mean to you? How does God restore people?
- Can you think of a time someone defended you or helped you. How did that make you feel?
3. MORE QUESTIONS FOR CONVERSATION
- What was Obadiah’s job? (He was a prophet. He listened to God. He told people what God said.)
2. Did Edom help God’s people when Babylon attacked them? (No, they just watched. Some took things.)
3. What did God say He would do to Edom? (let their enemies take away everything they had)
4. What did God say He would do for His people? (He would give them Edom’s land. They would come home from Babylon. He would take care of them.)
- The prophet Obadiah wrote to which nation? (Edom, Obad. 1)
- How had Edom disobeyed God? (They had turned their back on Israel and not trusted God, Obad. 4)
- What was God’s promise to Israel? (They would be restored to their land, Obad. 19-21)
- Why do you think God punished the nation of Edom so severely? Help kids understand that Edom was the nation of Esau’s descendants. They should have been like brothers and sisters to Israel. If anyone understood God’s love and plans for Israel, it should have been Edom. By ignoring Judah’s trouble, they were actively going against God’s plans.
- Do you think we should only help our siblings and family members? Why or why not? Discuss the idea of loving our enemies. Remind kids that God adopts believers into His family, and that salvation is free to everyone who believes. This means everyone we meet is, or could become, part of our spiritual family.
- What does it show about God when we love our enemies? Remind the kids that we are born in sin, and thus are enemies of God. (Romans 5:10) But He loves us anyway and sent Jesus for us. When we love those who treat us badly, it provides a picture of God’s love for sinners.
ACTIVITIES FOR THIS WEEK
hopscotch story point
WHAT YOU NEED: construction paper, painter’s tape or sidewalk chalk
WHAT YOU DO: Make a hopscotch court on the floor or driveway. Show children how to hop in and out of the boxes. Say the story point and/or verse as they hop from square to square. Encourage them to say the story point with you.
WHAT YOU SAY: Great hopping! What did we say as you hopped? [Wait for a response from the children.] God promised to take care of His people. God does promise to take care of His people. The people of Edom mistreated God’s people, and God punished Edom for what they did. Later, God’s people mistreated His Son, Jesus, but God did not punish people for their sin, Jesus was punished instead. Jesus died on the cross so we can be saved from sin.
paint a landscape with a paper bag
WHAT YOU NEED: marker, white construction paper, brown, tan, and green washable paint, and paper lunch bag
WHAT YOU DO: Write the words God promised to take care of His people on the bottom of a sheet of white construction paper. Place small amounts of brown, green, and tan paint on a paper plate. Give child a small paper lunch bag and guide them to crumple the bag into a ball. Show children how to “sponge” the paint with the crumpled bag and press it onto the white construction paper. Encourage children to create a mountain landscape.
WHAT YOU SAY: The people in Edom lived in the mountains. They thought, These mountains will protect us, and we are strong. The mountains may have protected them from other people, but they could not protect them from God. God promised to take care of His people. God’s people would one day return their land, and God would give them the land that belonged to the Edomites.
KEY PASSAGE ACTIVITY
WHAT YOU DO: Practice saying the key passage together. Create motions. Try saying it in different tones of voice.
PRESCHOOL: “I know the plans I have for you … plans ... to give you a future and a hope.” - Jeremiah 29:11
ELEMENTARY: “I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11
PRESCHOOL AND TODDLERS...
PLAY OUT FAMILY SCENES
WHAT YOU DO: Provide doll houses, people figures, and transportation toys for toddlers to play out family scenes. Talk about how Edom and Judah were neighbors, but they did not get along. Retell the Bible story as toddlers play.
WHAT YOU SAY: Edom was happy when God punished Judah. Obadiah said God would not punish Judah forever. THE PROPHETS TOLD ABOUT JESUS. One day, Jesus will make wrong things right.
FIX WHAT IS BROKEN
WHAT YOU DO: Bring items that would be safe and appropriate for toddles to fix, such as books to be taped, shoes to be re-laced, and cereal boxes to be unflattened. Encourage toddlers to fix what is broken as you retell the Bible story.
WHAT YOU SAY: Obadiah said God would bring His people back to their land. One day, Jesus will make wrong things right. THE PROPHETS TOLD ABOUT JESUS. Jesus will be King over God’s people forever.
journalingFOR 4TH-6TH GRADE
Guide kids to think about and answer one or two journaling prompts. Be sure to join them.
- What does this story teach me about God or the gospel?
- What does the story teach me about myself?
- Are there things God is asking me to do in this story? How are they for God’s glory and my good?
- Are there any promises in this story to remember? How do they help me trust and love God?
- What characteristics of God do I see in this story?
- What does the story teach me about people around me?
- If I’m honest, what parts of this are hard to understand or believe?
talking to kids about the gospel...
Here’s one way we talk about the gospel with elementary kids
A- We are God’s most treasured creation! Created to be with Him. However, there’s a problem. It’s sin. Sin is anything we do that isn’t what God wants for us. We’ve all done it, even me. And sin gets in the way of us having a relationship with God. We need to admit we have this problem!
B- Believe that Jesus is who He says He is and did what He said He did in order to make a way for our relationship with God to be made whole again...specifically He loves you SO MUCH that...”Christ died for our sins, just as Scripture said he would. He was buried. He was raised from the dead on the third day, just as Scripture said he would be.” (1 Cor. 15: 3-4) He took the punishment we deserved.
C- Choose to put your faith in Jesus. Jesus says that our response, or the way we accept it is by faith. In other words putting our trust in Him.